ix. 22.

pbedding of Blood there is no Remission of Sins, Heb.

Therefore God gave Christ for a Covenant of Peace to the People, Ija. xlii.7. To be a bloody Sacrifice, to expiate and take away the Guilt of sin out of the Hearts of his Chosen. For he gave his Life a Ransom for many,” Matt. xx. 28.

That they might serve God (by a free-will offering) without (Navish) Fear in Righteousness all the Days of their Life, Luke i. 75. For the Promise to the Church is, that they shall know (Christ) the Truth, and the Truth shall make them free: “ For if the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed,” John viii. 32, 36. “ For Christ is the End of the Law for Righteousness to every one that believeth,” Rom. X. 4. Christ and the Believer are one, as the Hufband and Wife are one. “ My Beloved is mine, and I am his,” Cant. ii.16. Therefore, true Believers are become dead to the Law, by the Body of Christ : for Christ in his Body fulfilled all the Demands of the Law tor us and in our stead, and also went to Calvary's Cross and offered up his holy Body on the Tree, and was made a Curse for us ; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a Tree, Gal. iii. 13. There he was bruised for our Iniquities, even for our transgressing his Father's holy Law

6. The Chastisement of our Peace, was upon him, and by his Wounds and Stripes we are healed,” Ifa. liii. 5. "And every believing Soul must look on him whom he hath pierced by his Sins, and mourn for him, as one mourneth in the bitterness of his soul for his only Son, or firstborn," Zech, xii. 10. What Soul, when made sensible that Christ the slaughtered Lamb shed his innocent Heart's Blood to save him from the Sea of God's Wrath, the everlasting Burning, can help mourning with Rivers of Tears for his soul's Beloved one? I cannot forget the Mixture of Joy


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and Grief I experienced when first I ey'd my bleed-
ing God dying on the Cross for me, and the Holy
Ghost applying his precious Blood to my wounded
Soul, to heal and cleanse me from all Sin, 1 Jobn
i. 7. “ Thus having made Peace by the Blood of
his Cross, and reconciled us to God, in the suffer-
ing Body of his Flesh, through Death, he does
present all his mourning Children (being thus made
willing in the Day of his Power) holy, unblame-
able and unreproveable in his Sight,” Col. i. 20, 22.
Thus do the People of God mourn in Sion, viz. in
the Church, when they are truly called into the Co-
venant of Grace ; not only for their own Sins,
but also for the Sins of others : And God takes
Notice of them, and sends the blessed. Man, that
wonderful Messenger, clothed in fine Linen, with
the Writer's Ink-horn by his Side, to set a Mark
upon the Foreheads of those Mourners that figb
and cry, Ezek. ix. 4. Thus are they sealed with
the Holy Spirit of Promise (which applies the
Blood that ifsued out of the Side (the mysterious
Ink-horn) of the Son of God) even to the Day of
Redemption, Eph. iv. 30. Now the Believer's
Obligation to the Law, as a Covenant of Works,
is cancell'd; his Security lies in the new Covenant
made with Christ, and his Perseverance is certain
being kept by the Power of God through Faith unto
Salvation, 1 Peter i. 5. For the Believer is not bis
own, but is bought with a Price, 1 Cor. vi. 19, 20.
And bath no Confidence in the Flesh, Phil. iii. 3. But
bis Sufficiency is of God, 2 Cor. iii. 5. And is brought
into the glorious Liberty of the Children of God, Rom,

. 21. And freed from the Dominion of Sin :
and no marvel, when Christ is King, for he is the
King of Saints, as well as the Friend and Advocate
for poor penitent Sinners. “ Sin shall not reign in
the Saincs in Believers') mortal Bodies; for they

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are not under the Law, but under Grace : and therefore Sin shall not have Dominion over them. What then ? shall we sin becaule we are not under the Law (not under it's condemnatory Power or Curse) but under Grace? God forbid," Rom. vi. 14, 15.

“ Thus are Believers become dead to the Law by the Body of Christ, and are married to another, even to him who is raised from the Dead, that they may bring forth Fruit unto God," Rom. vii. 4. For God works in his Bride (in Believers) both to will and to do of his own good Pleasure,

Phil. 2. 13:

Now I befeech you my dear Neighbours, to give me Leave to ask you one Question, viz. Whether you are really married to Jesus Christ, or to the Works of the Law ? surely, you must know who you love, and on whom you rely! If you are wedded tą the Law, i. lo it you depend on the Law for Salvation, you are wedded to the Curse : For cursed is every one that continueth not in all Things which are written in the Book of the Law to do them, Gal. iii. io. If you have not from your Heart been espoused to ane Husband (Chrift), and pre. sented to him as chaite Virgins, loving him above all, 2 Cor. xi. 2. you cannot bring forth Fruit unto God. Chaite Virgins do not wed two Hufbands ! do not expect to be saved by Works and by Grace; “ for if we are saved by Works, then it is no more of Grace : otherwile, if it be by Grace, then it is no more by Works,” Rom. xi. 6. Now if Moses? Vail is not taken off your Hearts, if you like Slaves are striving to keep the Commandments, as a Condition of Live, and trust partly in your own good Works, and partly on the Merits of Christ, you are become Adulteresses : here you come with your old Garment of Selfrighteousness to conspleat what is deficient in it


our of Christ's new Cloth (his new Covenantrighteousness), but that Cloth he will take away, and make the Rent worse (he'll put you to shame), Mat. ix. 16. Yet, this is generally the Way we are taught by unconverted Teachers, but Saint Paul instructs us otherwise : " For the Woman is bound to the Law of her Husband so long as he liveth, but if her Husband be dead, she is loosed from the Law of her Husband, and might be married to another Man, without being called an Adulteress," Rom. vii. 2, 3. We all by Nature wed the Law, and very few out-live it, to see by Faith it's Burial in the Body of Christ. Some in. deed are severely whipped, and grievously chastised by the Law; which, as already observed, is our School-master, to bring us unto Chrift; but when Faith comes, we are no longer under a Schoolmaster, being dead to our former Husband, and become the Children of God by Faith in Christ Jesus, Gal. iii. 23, 24, 25, 26. Now as every pious Woman according to Reafon) would be well off at the Death of a very wicked, inexorable Husband, whom she in her Childhood through Ignorance un. fortunately married; especially if she be fo fortunate afterwards as to be wedded to a virtuous Man: so should we be well off if Chritt would kill in us the Body of Sin, by Faith in his Blood ; and free us from the tyrannizing Power of the Law, which on every Transgression (like a bad Husband on the least Offence) doth scourge us, and threaten us with eternal Damnation. There is no Peace until we be buried with Christ in Baptism, through the Power of the Holy Ghost (or breatbing Winds), and he through his prophetic, priestly and kingly Office brings us to himself, and sybdues Sin in us, then we become dead to the condemning Power of the Law, and expect Deliverance by Faith in the




Merits of the Death of Christ, which is rendered effectual by the Operation of the Holy Spirit conyincing and alluring our Souls, like the Bride whom he brings up out of the Wilderness of Sin and Unbelief, leaning on her new Beloved. I say, until thote Things are done in us and for us, we cannot fay we have put off or buried the old Man, our former vexatious Husband, and have put on Christ (who alone is responsible to the Law for his Bride), and by receiving his divine Nature are created a new after the Image of God in Righteousness and true Holiness, Eph. iv. 22, 24. Rendered by Grace upright in Heart and sincere, we become free from the Power of the Law, being thus married to Christ, as a Woman is from conjugal Duties to her buried Husband. Has the Spirit or Chrift, my Friends, revealed unto you, that by his priestly Office he has made a full Atonement and Satisfaction :co God for all your Sins, by offering up his holy Body as a Free will offering for your Souls ? And was it ever applied to your Hearts? Did you ever find his atoning Bloou, the fovereign Balm, an efficacious. Remedy to your afflicted Souls, your wounded Consciences, which the Word of God by his Spirit, as a Heart-learching Prophet, had a little before smitten like a two-edged Sword, “ dividing afsunder of Soul and Spirit, Joints and Marrow ?" Heb. iv. 12. For this balmy Blood of Jesus Christ, applied by Faith, will cleanse us from all Sin, 1 John i. 7. And does he :as a King daily subdue the Remainder of your Corruptions, fo that as the outward Man grows weaker and weaker, the inward Man grows stronger and stronger ? 2. Cor. iv. 16. Many would be Christians, but do not care to go through the Operation. If you are thus. justified apd fanctified, then you are leffed, for you shall walk in the Light, of his reconciled Heart-cheering


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